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Enchilada Rice (Instant Pot + Stovetop)

Enchilada Rice is a quick and easy recipe featuring colorful veggies, black beans, rice, enchilada sauce, and Mexican spices for a delicious vegan lunch, dinner, or make-ahead meal! Includes Instant Pot and stovetop methods.

side angle view of bowl with serving of vegan enchilada rice with extras and items surrounding.

With the 20 lb. bag of white rice I have on hand, due to the quarantine, I’m trying to find ways to put it to good use.

And what better way then to also use this Tomatillo Salsa Verde, making a soon to be new family favorite meal – Enchilada Rice!

It’s filling, super easy to make and surprisingly delicious! Plus, it makes enough for leftovers which are even better.

What else I love about this recipe is you can make an enchilada rice bowl with tortilla chips and avocado, or use it as a filling for burritos, tacos, and more!

So without further ado, let’s get to it!

top down view of the ingredients used to the best enchilada rice recipe.

Ingredient Notes

Here’s what goes into making the best enchilada rice! Plus, we have included variations and substitution ideas making this is recipe a keeper for ease and taste.

  • Rice – We used long grain rice here, but you can use brown rice or quinoa. See the notes in the recipe card for more details.
  • Black beans – Canned or fresh cooked beans can be used. For variation, sub with red kidney beans, or even pinto beans.
  • Corn – Fresh off the cob, canned or frozen corn can all be used.
  • Bell pepper – I used a green bell pepper, but any color will do.
  • Onion – Use any color onion.
  • Garlic – If you don’t have fresh garlic on hand, you can substitute with 1 – 2 tsp garlic powder.
  • Tomatoes – We used our favorite fire roasted diced tomatoes. No need to drain the juices, just dump the whole can!
  • Enchilada sauce – Use your favorite type, red or green enchilada sauce, or use my favorite Tomatillo Salsa Verde for this recipe.
  • Spices – We like to use a mix of cumin, chili powder (or smoked paprika), and dried oregano. For a deeper flavor and heat, try adding a 1/2 teaspoon of chipotle powder.
  • Optional toppings – Give your serving a topping of fresh chopped cilantro, shredded vegan cheese, sliced avocado, and tortilla chips. Use them all at once, or mix and match to your hearts desire. :)
side by side photos showing the process of making enchilada rice in an instant pot.

How To Make Instant Pot Enchilada Rice

Here is a quick look at the process of making enchilada rice using an Instant Pot (affiliate link). You can find the stovetop method in the printable recipe card below.

  • Prep. Gather the ingredients, get them all chopped and ready to go.
  • Saute. Press the saute buton, add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic, and saute for 5 minutes.
  • Cook. Add the rice, water, spices, tomatoes, corn, black beans, and finish with the enchilada sauce, and stir. Attach lid and set the valve to SEALING. Press the RICE button, make sure it’s set on LOW pressure, and set time for 12 minutes. Quick release pressure when done.
  • Let cool and thicken. Once you remove the lid, it will seem there is lots of liquid, but once stirred and left for a few minutes, it will thicken up perfectly. Add optional vegan cheese and chopped cilantro, season to taste.

And now you’re ready to enjoy!

Top Tips

  • Add more texture and protein. Adding an 8 oz block of crumbled tempeh along with the beans is a great way to change it up.
  • Add more spices. As is, the spice level is pretty kid-friendly, but feel free to add more to taste.
  • Use brown rice or quinoa! This recipe can easily be changed up using brown rice or quinoa. The adjustments are listed in the notes of the recipe card below.
  • Speed up the recipe. Make this recipe move along quicker by skipping the saute in both cooking methods. It’ll still be delicious!
  • Cooking methods. If using an Instant Pot, it can cook all in one pot. The stovetop method requires cooking the rice separately and then combining it .Just be sure to omit the extra liquids (vegetable broth) since it isn’t needed when using precooked rice.

top down view of freshly made enchilada rice in an instant pot.

How To Store

  • Refrigerator: Leftovers will keep for 5 – 6 days in the refrigerator, stored in a covered container.
  • Freezer: Enchilada rice is freezer friendly and can be frozen for up to 2 – 3 months. To freeze, let cool completely and store in freezer-safe containers, leaving about 1/2 inch headspace for expansion. You can also freeze larger portions in large ziplock bags, removing as much air as possible before zip locking. Let thaw before reheating.
  • Reheat: Warm on the stovetop over low heat until warmed through, stirring frequently. Alternatively, reheat in the microwave using 30 – 60 second intervals, stirring after each, until warm.

Serving Suggestions

This savory rice dish can be served in variety of ways. There’s probably more ways to use this enchilada rice, but here are a few ideas that come to mind first:

  • Meal bowl: I love this as a meal bowl with avocado, vegan cheese, and tortilla chips for scooping. It’s also great with shredded lettuce, adding a healthy dose of roughage to your bowl.
  • Burritos + tacos: Try it as a filling for burritos and tacos, along with shredded lettuce, vegan cheese, vegan sour cream, and pico de gallo.

However you serve your enchilada rice, enjoy!

top down view of bowl with serving of vegan enchilada rice with extras and items surrounding.

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Enchilada Rice (Instant Pot + Stovetop)

Enchilada Rice is a delicious Mexican-inspired recipe featuring veggies, black beans, rice, and enchilada sauce that can be used as a meal bowl or a burrito or taco filling! Quick + easy, Instant Pot or stovetop methods.

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: serves 6
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Instant Pot, stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Tex Mex
  • Diet: Vegan


Units Scale
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or 1/4 cup water
  • 1 medium onion (any color), diced
  • 34 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice (see notes for brown rice)
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth or water (omit for stovetop method)
  • 1 can (14oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (14oz) corn, drained
  • 1 can (14oz) fire roasted diced tomatoes, with juices
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder or smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 cups enchilada sauce (green, red, salsa verde or combo)
  • salt, to taste

To serve, optional

  • sliced or diced avocado
  • fresh chopped cilantro
  • shredded vegan cheese
  • tortilla chips
  • Pico de Gallo


Instant Pot (6 or 8 quart):

  • Saute: Add the oil/water, onion, bell pepper, and garlic to the insert of the Instant Pot, press the SAUTE button, and set the time for 5 minutes, stir frequently.
  • Cook: Add the rice, broth or water, spices, tomatoes, corn, black beans, and finish with the enchilada sauce. Give a quick stir. Attach lid and turn to close, set valve to SEALING. Press the RICE button and set to LOW pressure for 12 minutes. Release pressure when done (to help keep the steam from getting all over, place a thin, single-layer kitchen towel over the valve to catch the steam).
  • Let cool to thicken: Remove lid and give a good stir. It will seem liquidy but will thicken after a few minutes. Add the cilantro and season to taste.


  • Rice: Cook 1 1/2 cups of rice according to package directions. Set aside. (Remember to omit the 2 cups of vegetable broth called for in the ingredients since the rice is cooked separately and will not be needed)
  • Saute: Heat oil/water in a medium-sized pot, add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic, saute for 5 minutes.
  • Cook: Add the cooked rice, corn, tomatoes, black beans, broth or water, spices, and enchilada sauce, cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, or until heated through.
  • Let cool to thicken: Remove from heat, let rest to thicken up, about 5 – 10 minutes. Add the cilantro and season to taste.

Serve in individual bowls with any of the optional garnishes. Also, use it as a burrito or taco filling with shredded lettuce!

Serves 6

Store: Leftovers can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in a covered container. For longer storage, store in the freezer for up to 2 – 3 months using a freezer-safe container.


Brown Rice with Instant Pot: If using 1 1/2 cups brown rice, add 2 1/4 cups of water. Cook on HIGH pressure for 20 minutes.

Quinoa with Instant Pot: If using 1 1/2 cups of quinoa, add 2 1/4 cups of water. Cook on HIGH pressure for 3 minutes.

Add more texture and more protein. Adding an 8 oz block of crumbled tempeh along with the beans is a great way to change it up.

Add more spices. As is, the spice level is pretty kid-friendly, but feel free to add more.

Speed up the recipe. Make this recipe move along quicker by skipping the saute in both cooking methods. It’ll still be delicious!

Recommended Equipment: This is the Instant Pot (affiliate link) I used for the recipe.

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  1. This looks so good! And I love that you have instructions for both stove top and instant pot!

  2. Heidi Bell says:

    Loved it! Thankyou

  3. This sounds really great! We host a large group of young adults every week for dinner and cook mainly vegan. I am going to sub cooked lentils for the black beans as we have a new mom who is avoiding them in her diet. Hopefully that will work!

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Using cooked lentils should work just as well as black beans! I hope you all love it!

  4. New to plant-based and this is an amazing recipe for the meal rotation! Topped with provolone cheez, guac, and pico de gallo! The whole family loved it and we didn’t miss the meat at all! Made the kids burritos for their school lunches with the leftovers! Only change I made to recipe was swapped a small jar of salsa for the diced tomatoes as that was what I had on hand. Used homemade red enchilada sauce!

  5. I made this for dinner the other night and used it as the filling for stuffed bell peppers. Everyone really loved it and I ate the couple we had left for lunch. It was so delicious and I can definitely see this being great in a burrito bowl or as the filling for enchiladas or tacos, as you suggested. Great recipe that I will definitely make again. Thank you!

  6. Hi, I’ve tried to make this twice in the instant pot and both times it burns and I get the error. What could be wrong? Thank you!

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Hmm, the only thing I can think of is to make sure the water is the bottom. Add the ingredients to the insert as listed in the ingredient list, and then do not stir. This should ensure the water isn’t too obstructed as it would be if the ingredients were stirred. I’ve never had a burn notice with the Instant Pot method (I use this Instant Pot). If it continues, you may want to stick with the stovetop method. Hope that helps!

    2. I just made this today for dinner and had the same issue with the burn notice. I did 2x the recipe and followed it exactly as it says. Did you do 1x the recipe? Maybe 2x is too much food in the pot?? It’s a bummer to
      get the burn notice :(

  7. J Brannon says:

    Just made this last night. I was apparently having a problem with my Instant Pot sealing (which I will have to figure out later), so I just left it on saute and finished cooking it. My rice was just a tad crunchy in the middle, but overall, it was still really edible, and the flavors were fantastic! It made enough for the two of us, and 8 burritos that are now in the freezer. I can’t wait to enjoy them later. I imagine this is fabulous with a working instant pot! Hopefully mine will work next time! Thank you for the recipe!

    1. Made the recipe in my instant pot and I got a burn warning. It burns and sticks to the bottom of the pot. I had to quickly transfer to a pot on the stove to finish cooking. Really disappointed.

  8. This is probably my favorite recipes I found on Pinterest so far. Beautiful to see and delicious! Very mild, yet so yummy. I enjoyed it with a small salad and some refried beans. Since becoming vegan, I have missed Mexican food, but no more. Highly recommend!

  9. Used smoked paprika, full jar of Herdez Roasted Salsa Verde and brown basmati rice. Delicious! Will try with quinoa next time.

  10. This was so easy and delicious!

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